Update from an Asian Access Leader
How have the national leaders of Asian Access responded in these unprecedented times of combined pandemic and persecution? How have they coped? How are their own lives, and their own families, faring?
Asian Access President Joe Handley is in the process of reaching out to A2’s national leaders in hopes of getting answers to these questions. What follows is the response from one national leader whom, due to persecution and security issues in his country, will remain nameless.
First and foremost, I continually want to become a better husband, better father, and better friend. I always remind and check myself if I am in line with these goals.
I have come to know that leadership means serving—to lead is to serve. Here are some small ways I have tried to serve my A2 community:
- As the pandemic situation has permitted, I have had monthly visits with members of our A2 community. Spending time together is the key to a strong community. We spend time together in prayer and share family, ministry, personal, and spiritual updates.
- We try not to rush our time, usually spending at least two hours together. Mostly, I serve them as a listener.
- Often, my colleagues will begin by sharing success stories, thinking that this is what I came to hear. I do like to hear success stories, as we all need encouragement.
- But then, God uses me to help them share their struggles and needs. I open first with my struggles and needs, which gives my colleagues permission to open their hearts. It is really powerful.
- We depart with stronger ties, broader understanding, and healing.
- I’ve set up regular phone appointments with my colleagues
- Each call lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. Primarily, I am there to LISTEN. I will use open-ended questions to help my colleagues to share freely. Mostly, I give them a good space to talk.
- I write down their prayer requests, questions, and insights that I get from them during the phone conversations.
- When I visit, I always bring something for them and their families: Snacks for kids, groceries, good books, and other useful items. My wife also includes something in my packet she feels will be especially appreciated by the leader’s wife.
- I send a small amount of money to the leaders with whom I am not able to meet personally. I’ll say, “Use it for whatever you wish—snacks for your kids, medical care for your family, whatever is helpful.” It is not much, but it is so bonding!
- I will top up the mobile-phone accounts for leaders who are in remote areas or do not have access to prepaid cards.
In addition to the spiritual and personal satisfaction he has enjoyed through these acts of service, our leader reports that he has learned a number of valuable lessons:
- Regular visits are good for many people, but not for everyone.
- With phone calls, both scheduled and spontaneous calls are effective.
- When visiting personally, bringing something for our leaders and their families is a powerful bonding gesture.
- Rushing is the biggest enemy.
- It is hard to be an attentive listener. It takes time and practice, but the results are outstanding.
- As I reach out to my A2 colleagues, I continue to check myself to make sure I am serving them with a clear conscience and a truthful heart. Am I doing it because it is my duty, or for my personal benefit? Or am I doing it because I really love them and want them to grow in Christ?
Frankly, the lessons our leader share here are one we call could stand to learn. We are so grateful for sacrificial servant leaders like the author of this report. And we are so grateful for your support, which makes it possible for Asian Access to serve our national leaders, who then turn around and serve those around them. THANK YOU for your prayers, friendship, and financial support!
God bless you,
Noel Becchetti has been serving as Asian Access' VP for Leader Development since 2012. Noel and his wife Kyle are currently residing in El Cajon, California, where they will likely be for some time while they stay connected to their families, friends, and Asian Access colleagues through Zoom.
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